The Top 10 Best Emergency Candles

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There is one emergency situation that everyday incidents and massive disasters alike have in common, and that is a loss of power. Power outage, blackout, brownout or any other sort of mishap involving our electrical grid means the lights we all take for granted will no longer come on at the flip of a switch. … Read more

Emergency Flares: Are they Waterproof?

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Chemical roadside emergency flares are an invaluable addition to any flat tire kit or vehicle carried survival kit. Almost nothing is as bright and noticeable as the flickering, red flame of a roadside flare. Designed to be used whenever a roadside emergency occurs, this naturally begs the question of whether or not these flares are … Read more

So, What is VG-10 Steel, Anyway?

Knife owners these days have no shortage of quality steels to choose from. For custom and production models alike, there is a steel to fit every budget and every requirement. In fact, there are so many steels on the market that choosing one from the dozens available at the retail counter or on a manufacturer’s … Read more

Carabiners vs. Snap Hooks: What’s the Difference?

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If you engage in climbing as a pastime, professional pursuit or in any other capacity you likely have cause to use carabiners day in and day out. But even if you aren’t working in high places you have probably seen these D- or oval-shaped spring loaded clips attached to backpacks, key rings, wrenches and anything … Read more

Batteries – The Ultimate Prepper’s Guide

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Batteries. Unless you are living some agrarian “Little House on the Prairie” lifestyle, these indispensable little marvels are utterly essential for modern life. Batteries large and small make many of our technological innovations possible and serve all kinds of purposes, from the trivial and entertaining to the critically important. From pumping out tunes to running … Read more

15 Survival Items Lying Around Your House Right Now

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If you have put off prepping until very recently, you might well be unprepared for events that follow. Just imagine it… That fateful day comes when the sky literally starts falling, the government implodes or society collapses. The power goes out, the seas roar and the mountains give up their dead, cats and dogs living … Read more

10 Bug-Out Bag Items You Completely Forgot About

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Bug-out bags are crucially important components in a prepper’s overall readiness plan, and serve as a mobile store room, armory, medicine cabinet, workshop and even house. No matter what the situation and no matter what you might be facing you will rarely make things worse by grabbing your bug out bag when you head out … Read more

The Case for Repacking Your Bug Out Bag Seasonally

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You can ask any prepper what most scares them, and they will probably tell you that it is being unprepared for a bad situation. Inquire further into what they hold a serious disdain for, and they will probably tell you that it is inefficiency, or wasted effort. Accordingly, most of us will strive to be … Read more

Why Do Tactical Flashlights Have Those Sharp Edges?

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If there is one tool that everyone should carry when they leave the house, it should be a flashlight, and preferably a bright, tough and compact tactical flashlight. These modern lights are incredibly robust and have outputs typically measured in the multi-hundred lumen range, making them more than adequate for basic illumination and also for … Read more

10 Bug-Out Bag Items You’ll Regret Buying

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Every prepper should have handy a bug-out bag, or BOB. This is a central piece of equipment to many disaster and crisis response plans, as it is the BOB which will carry all of the supplies and assorted gear that a person anticipates needing when the time comes to evacuate to someplace safer. If you … Read more

So, What Exactly is a Get-Home Bag?

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By now pretty much every prepper is familiar with the concept of the bug-out bag, a central piece of kit that will allow you to sustain while evacuating from your home to safer ground. But what will someone rely on if they are trying to get back to their home during times of trouble? Most … Read more

25 FEMA-Approved Emergency Essentials

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For preppers who are just taking their first, tender steps into the lifestyle change that is serious personal preparedness, it is easy to run into information overload. Where should you start? How do you begin? What is most important when it comes to material acquisition? The internet, boundless mine of knowledge that it is, is … Read more

12 Survival Items to Score at Home Depot

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If you are a prepper, or just know a prepper, you’ll know that there is always something that is needed. A piece of equipment, a certain item of gear, provisions, something that is missing from the ever-growing mountain of stuff in the survival stash. It is such a time-worn idea that is becoming something of … Read more

Survival Knife or Machete: Which Should I Choose?

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Choosing a blade for survival is serious business for preppers. In one form or another, a bladed tool is going to be one of the most used and most important that you will have with you when the chips are down. It will be used for shelter creation, and a multitude of other tasks. Two … Read more

20 Quirky Survival Items that Might Save Your Life

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Most preppers who have spent any amount of time amassing the skills and gear they will need to take on a survival situation, or tackle apocalyptic conditions are familiar with the bread-and-butter items needed for the task: Food, tent, water filter, bush knife, etc. These are the items that most typically think of when considering … Read more

10 Survival Items to Score at the Goodwill Store

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There’s plenty of gear to buy when you are getting prepared for a survival situation. While it is bad to rely too much on gear and equipment, it is just as bad to depend on skill and improvisation alone. Having the right tools for the job is going to make any task easier, and this … Read more

10 Comfort Items to Make SHTF Survival Bearable

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Many discussions revolving around survival supplies are focused on efficiency, finding something that can do the job better, do it lighter and do it longer, or finding multi-purpose solutions that can radically reduce the amount of room or carrying capacity you must devote to your supply cache. This is definitely a smart approach most of … Read more

7 Survival Items You’ll Regret Buying

Prepping is more about skills and mindset than equipment and supplies, but there is no arguing that having the right equipment and the right supplies will go a long way toward helping you survive any sort of crisis or disaster. It is also true that many preppers naturally gravitate towards the “geardo” side of the … Read more

10 Survival Items that Will Fly Off Shelves When the SHTF

Most of our readers will definitely fall more on the prepared end of the spectrum than your average citizen. And it is unfortunate, then, that these average citizens that will place such a terrible strain on supply lines when a sudden and unfortunate SHTF situation strikes society. The shelves of every store will be stripped … Read more

Pepper Spray – Can You Store it In Your Car?

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Pepper spray is a popular and commonly employed self-defense implement that is equally effective as a less-lethal option for those who carry a firearm or as a primary defensive weapon for those who are not comfortable or permitted guns. Pepper spray is legal to own and carry almost everywhere, and is extremely prolific throughout the … Read more